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The 80/20 Principle by Richard Koch

In the 1997 business classic, The 80/20 Principle: The Secret of Achieving More with Less (Nicholas Brealey Publishing Ltd.), Richard Koch explains how reorganizing your priorities can help promote maximum success with minimum time. The book takes its name from Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto’s theory that 20% of our work will produce 80% of the results. Rather than working ourselves silly trying to do more, The 80/20 Principle can help you cut out the excess and focus on the activities that are already working—all you have to do is stop and ask yourself, “Is what I’m doing right now a part of the 20% that will bring 80% of the rewards?” If the answer is no, find a simpler way of accomplishing the same task, or think about whether it’s something you should be spending your time on at all.

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Two Books About Learning Disabilities

If you are facing a learning disability, read:

Facing Learning Disabilities in the Adult Years

           Often, adults with learning disabilities go undiagnosed until their children have been discovered to have one. In this book, Facing Learning Disabilities in the Adult Years, Joan Shapiro and Rebecca Rich offer both current information on learning disabilities and strategies for action. They first try to define the concept of a learning disability, and varying definitions abound. At the outset, they note that “learning disability” is “an umbrella term that includes different subsets of problems…It may mean difficulty with reading decoding, reading comprehension, written expression, mathematical calculations or reasoning, oral language, or a combination of these.” They go on to discuss its possible causes, describe recent theories of how the brain works, and then explain how learning disabilities are diagnosed. Specific disabilities, especially dyslexia and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, are discussed in detail along with associated psychosocial problems, Lastly, Shapiro and Rich turn to instructional approaches, vocational services, research, and relevant legal issues. Illustrative case studies throughout the book keep the presentation from becoming too academic.


If your child is a facing a learning disability, read:

Understanding Learning Disabilities: A Parent Guide and Workbook

                This book, Understanding Learning Disabilities: A Parent Guide and Workbook, is the product of parents and professionals sharing their years of experience in order to help you, the reader, understand and cope with your child’s learning disability. Easy-to-read, and overflowing with helpful information and advice, this one-stop guide will quickly become one of your most trusted supports for helping your child succeed in school. This book goes beyond definitions and answers to make the guidance you need both accessible and easy to implement. Not only will you find concise information, practical tips, and reproducible workbook pages, you’ll also learn how to immediately apply what you’ve learned to help your child. This invaluable source also includes a glossary, appendices, case studies, and listings of resources and support groups.

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